New Zealand opener Martin Guptill ruled out of T20 series against India

Sport360 staff 18:29 04/02/2019
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Martin Guptill.

New Zealand top order batsman Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of T20 series against India after failing to recover from a back injury.

Coach Gary Stead revealed Guptill failed a fitness test but expected the hard-hitting opener to recover in time for the ODI series against Bangladesh which starts next week.

“Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” Stead said.

“It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.”

Guptill picked up the injury before the fifth ODI against India in Wellington on Sunday which the hosts lost as the series went 4-1 in India’s favour.

Guptill has been replaced by Jimmy Neesham for the three-match T20 series which begins in Wellington on Wednesday.

Squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

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Mitchell Starc led Australia to a 366-run victory over Sri Lanka to secure a 2-0 series win on day four of the second Test in Canberra.

The hosts set Sri Lanka an improbable 516 to level the series after piling up 534 for five declared in their first innings and declaring again at 196 for three on Sunday.

Starc rattled thorough Sri Lanka’s batting order to clinch his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and help Australia to their first series win since the 2017-18 Ashes.

The fast bowler outclassed Sri Lanka’s batsmen who were bowled out for 149 after making just 215 in their first innings.

The player of the match needed just seven deliveries to claim his first scalp on day four, dismissing opener Dimuth Karunaratne before having skipper Dinesh Chandimal caught at third slip.

He removed Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera in consecutive balls in the 29th over as he took five for 46 to follow up his five for 54 in Sri Lanka’s first innings.

Kusal Mendis top-scored with 42 runs off 69 balls, while Pat Cummins took three for 15.

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West Indies skipper Jason Holder suspended for third Test due to slow over rate

Rory Dollard 22:14 03/02/2019
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West Indies captain Jason Holder.

West Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for the final Test against England due to his side’s slow over-rate.

Holder has led the side brilliantly in the last two matches, sealing an unassailable 2-0 lead to secure the Wisden Trophy, but will not be around to finish the job in St Lucia next week.

The International Cricket Council has imposed the suspension after the Windies failed to keep up with the required rate during their 10-wicket win in Antigua. The fact they wrapped up victory inside three days does not count in mitigation.

Holder has previously been penalised in the same way, forced to sit out a Test against New Zealand in December 2017 after two over-rate breaches in a 12-month period.

There is no like-for-like replacement for Holder – reliable seam bowlers who score unbeaten double centuries, as he did in the first Test, do not grow on trees – but Kraigg Brathwaite should take the captaincy reins.

With the series won, the Windies could take the opportunity to hand his place in the side to Jamaican tyro Oshane Thomas. The strapping 21-year-old has played just eight first-class matches, but has been with the squad for the past two matches and has impressed attack leader Kemar Roach with his speed.

“Oshane is a very talented cricketer, a young guy with raw pace,” Roach said.

“He’s come in and learned a lot, worked hard on his fitness as well. I think he has a great future with the West Indies. It’s up to the selection panel if he plays, but it is good for him to be part of this squad, to gain some more confidence and move forward.”

Roach has been the scourge of England’s batsman in the Caribbean, taking 13 wickets at 12.07.

One of just two 30-year-olds in a young and fast-improving squad, the Barbadian feels both he and the team are making up for lost time on the Test stage.

“It’s time. But I thought it was time five years ago. We’re late in that regard,” he said.

“But it’s never too late in cricket, I think once you put it together, gel as a team and work hard for each other then it will come. Test performances will come and you’ll get more series like this one.

“It has definitely been one of the best series of my career, I’m extremely proud of myself and of the team. It’s a great feeling. This rivalry goes way, way back, between us and England and to win in front of your home fans is amazing.”

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